Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

I’ve been slowly rereading the In Death series, intermingled with other books. Portrait in Death follows Purity in Death. This story brings back characters from the past books and we learn more about Roarke’s past.

A quote from Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

After learning about the series the first time back in 2001, I promptly read them all. At least, I read all of those books that had been released. But somewhere along the line, I stopped reading the current ones so I have needed to go back and read the series again. That’s why I’m re-reading these.

A quote from Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

The prologue is a journal for the killer. We get to get inside his mind before we even realize that it’s his mind that we are in. At the beginning, Eve wakes up ecstatic because Summerset is set to go on vacation for three full weeks. BUT then Galahad trips him on the stairs and Summerset falls and breaks his leg. You can only imagine the pain and suffering that results from that.

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In Portrait in Death, young people are dying. An artist captures their light in a portrait after death. One of the victims is someone close to one of Eve’s circles. Along another storyline, Roarke finds out information that he didn’t know about his mother. How will that impact our favorite couple?

Plus, Peabody is cleared to take the detective’s exam. Baxter takes Trueheart as a trainee. Lots of happenings going on in this one.


This story is #16 of J.D. Robb’s In Death series. It takes place right after Purity in Death. There are several suspects in this one.

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My plan for 2022 is to write three blog posts a week- one about a fantasy book, one about a mystery book, and one about a romance book (with some posts about series thrown in). This one is a mystery so if you’re a mystery lover, then you’ll want to check it out!

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